Sunday 21 October 2018

Chinese couples sit tests to stop divorce

Divorcing couples in China are being asked to take exams which explore how much they have grown apart and whether their marriage can be salvaged, as authorities try to halt rising divorce rates. Stock picture
Divorcing couples in China are being asked to take exams which explore how much they have grown apart and whether their marriage can be salvaged, as authorities try to halt rising divorce rates. Stock picture

Neil Connor

Divorcing couples in China are being asked to take exams which explore how much they have grown apart and whether their marriage can be salvaged, as authorities try to halt rising divorce rates.

Authorities in three Chinese provinces have started using the tests, which ask questions such as 'What was your sweetest moment together?'

Up to half of marriages between those who were born in the 1980s have broken up. A marriage registration official in the eastern Jiangsu province, said the measure would help tackle the rise of "impulsive divorces". She said it gives couples a moment to "calm down and reminisce on moments in their marriage, reflecting on their roles and responsibilities in the marriage and family life."

While some of the tests are voluntary, at least one separation was halted by officials after they processed the results. "The couple earned scores of 80 and 86, separately," said state broadcaster CGTN. "The high scores suggested a healthy marriage. The judge said the wife - who filed for the divorce - became much calmer after the test, and agreed to the court's decision."

Family breakdown is a major worry for Beijing, which believes social instability is a threat to its rule. The government is also seeking to encourage Chinese couples to produce more babies.

Telegraph.co.uk

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